Monday, March 21, 2016

Still in Gimhae

March 20, 2016

Dear Family,

You make it sound like I'm having a really hard time or something. It's just our investigators who are having a hard time, not me. It's just frustrating that they can't meet, that's all :)​

Well, I was completely expecting to get transferred, but it didn't happen. Looks like I'll be here in Gimhae at least until May, making it a total of 6 months here. It's so weird. I've heard that missionaries stay in the same area for a long time in some other missions, but for Busan, 6 months is kind of a lot. Not unheard of, but definitely not very common. My companion didn't change either, so I'll be with Elder Johnstun another transfer as well.  It's pretty exciting though, I'll tell you why.

I told you about Brother J having the baptismal interview last week, right?  It was determined that he had to have an interview with President Barrow, so last Wednesday we went together to the mission home to meet with him. We were a little bit late, we got there at 6:30, and President Barrow had a meeting at 7, so we were worried it was going to get cut short, but we ended up waiting outside of President's office for over an hour and half while they did the interview. After they finished, President told us that he's really impressed with JHB's faith and testimony, and feels like he is ready to be baptized. We talked to Brother J to see when he wants to be baptized, and for some reason he wants to wait until April. Thinking I would probably transfer, I was really disappointed that I wouldn't get to be here for it, but now it looks like I will :)

Brother P is busy preparing for tests for school, so we couldn't meet him, and Brother O just dropped off the face of the earth. Not sure what's going on there.

Yesterday we tried inviting all our investigators to church, and none of them even responded, except for Brother P, apologizing because he was too busy. But in the middle of Sacrament meeting, we got a call from a man who calls himself "Mr. K" who we met on the street last week.  He said he was on his way to church, and would be there in an hour. So he showed up in the middle of Gospel Principles class, and stayed through Priesthood as well, and seemed really interested. He said that there isn't a religion that he hasn't gone to, and he really likes learning about different religions. It was really cool, but lives really far away in a completely different city, so we'll have to refer him to the missionaries there (it actually happens to be the place Elder Yoon is serving right now, cool, huh?).

There's milk here, it's just more expensive, like two bucks a liter. I guess I'm just too used to cheap Utah milk :) I haven't had Korean jerky before either, it's also really expensive. I have had hanu meat though, and it's pretty good, but definitely not as amazing as Koreans make it out to be.

There's a list of top ten things to do in Gimhae? What else is on the list? Now that I'm going to be here another transfer, I need more fun things to do for P day :)

When people call because you're in the "target demographic" what do they do? Do they try to convince you to follow them over the phone or something?

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Elder Hines


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